Our post on the new planning director generated strong opinions. From Bill:
Decades of (perhaps well-intentioned) planning, codification, blah, blah, blah… has resulted in concrete canyons with walls of completely uninspired architecture. A glance down any of these canyons on any day, at any time, reveals a line of vehicles, like a mechanized stream following the ravine, and only rarely an actual pedestrian. It’s basically a ghost town. If the citizens of Mercer Island want something more remarkable, it will take the energetic visions of many, and changes in the behavior of the vast majority.
“Like a mechanized stream following the ravine…”
And from Ben, some ideas:
I’m interested in working to build character on the island, I hope I’m not alone. I think there are some simple things that could be done — like adding back some of the original street names. And, some more complicated things — like turning the Luther Burbank waterfront powerhouse into some kind of cafe/coffee shop.
Ben, you are not alone. Many residents feel that downtown could be much more vibrant than it is.
Also this weekend, the condos at 7800 are having a Grand Opening. Interesting that they advertise the walkscore of downtown:
7800, welcome to the neighborhood and we hope you rent your retail space to businesses that we want to walk to, not real estate companies and banks.